i've seen lots of posts of men's shirt recons, and have always wanted to try one. then my dad gave me one of his larg white button-down shirts because it had a couple of ink stains on it and a hole in the front. i found Paperdaisies' http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134335.0
wonderful tutorial and excitedly went to work. i was so excited, that of course i forgot to take a before picture.
just think of a large, white, short-sleeved men's button down. after i fitted the shirt, added darts, and altered the sleeves, it looked kind of like a lab coat. so i decided to try some embroidery, and i shortened the shirt by several inches. i haven't done any embroidery in a long time, so i kind of used this as practice, to try out a few different stitches and get the hang of it again. i also replaced the buttons with some pretty flower beads/buttons.
close-up of the pocket surrounded by leaves and flowers
close-up of the tree. i stole the tree idea from antigone's http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92181.0
embroidered tree purse. the hole that caused my dad to get rid of his shirt was where the hole in the tree is. i patched it from the inside, then surrounded it with embroidery.
close-up of the birds on the back. i just looked at various pictures of birds and doodled some out. i like the blue one best.
that's all. i'm happy with it.
tell me what you think.